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EU Commissioner Threatens Antitrust Action for Data Portability Violations

DATA PROTECTION—EU

November 28, 2012

Indicating support for the draft data protection regulation, EU Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia has threatened antitrust action for businesses that fail to comply with data portability rules provided under the draft. In a speech in Brussels this week, Almunia said consumers must be able to “easily and cheaply” transfer their data from one company to another in order for competition to thrive. “The proposed regulation aims to ensure the ‘right of portability,’” he said, adding that although the commission has not investigated such a case yet, firms’ use of personal data to “keep competition at bay” is possible.
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